I know I’ll get some flack for saying some of these things. I’ll just start by saying I’ve done every single thing on here. Not one, a couple, most… every single one. This post is coming from a place self-awareness/self-critique as much as it is about general trends I’m seeing in our field. It goesContinue reading “5 Things We do as Jazz Musicians That Have Made it America's LEAST Popular Genre (1.4% in 2015)”
All too often, we study art in a vacuum. Louis Armstrong played minor 3rds on major chords, Seurat painted using only dots, James Joyce wrote extended metaphors… but why? As I researched the career of English naturalist painter, John Constable, and his contemporaries, I came across many detailed descriptions of his brush work, color choices,Continue reading “Why are 19th Century Landscape Painters Relevant in 2019?”
Today is the day! My first studio release, Constable, premieres tonight at 8PM Eastern time. Here it is: On this cherished day in late September, I got on my bike and hit the road with nothing but my camera, a couple of sandwiches, and a bottle of water. Since moving to Amsterdam a few weeksContinue reading “Constable: Release Notes”
Do you ever feel small? Itty bitty? That’s ok, build a tower. wear a crown. make a name. Bigger the universe, bigger the fame.
The world is filled with an incomprehensible number of beautiful people, processes, and things. I don’t mean beauty in the magazine cover kind of way but in a broader sense appreciating how something appears, behaves, or sounds. I’m talking about pristine and symmetrical beauty, ugly beauty, nonsensical beauty, beyond-words beauty, and everything in between. HowContinue reading “Beauty is a Verb”
In the age of information channels that require no qualifications to reach millions, college juries where young jazz musicians are rated on a scale of 1 to 10, and mass exportation and exploitation of black culture, Amiri Baraka’s essay, “Jazz and the White Critic” on the faults and arrogance of white criticism of jazz musicContinue reading “Fetishizing Black American Music”
Recently for my Jazz History class at school, I was tasked with interviewing a musician connected with the bebop movement. Sheila Jordan, a friend and mentee of Charlie Parker’s, Duke Jordan’s former partner, a former student of Lennie Tristano (said by Max Roach to be the leader of the “downtown” school of bebop), and ofContinue reading “Conversation with NEA Jazz Master, Sheila Jordan”